Truly 1Malaysia

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Mark Lee and Aniu – my type of peo­ple be­cause we act, write and di­rect our own movies,” he en­thused. “I also feel that it’s a nice col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Malaysia and Singapore. We don’t have prob­lems with each other. Only the politi­cians do.”

Afdlin was at first wor­ried about com­mit­ting him­self to Home­com­ing due to his own projects.

For­tu­nately for him, he is only re­quired to work a short pe­riod for the movie, plus “they are kind enough to work around my sched­ule”.

In Home­com­ing, Afdlin plays the Malaysian taxi driver hired by Neo and Aniu’s char­ac­ters to ferry them home when their bus breaks down.

“I’ve told them that the last thing I want to do is to be a to­ken Malay role in a Chi­nese movie,” he said. “I want peo­ple to re­mem­ber my role in the movie. So they’ve given me a few lines in Man­darin.”

Do ex­pect Afdlin to enun­ci­ate his Man­darin words per­fectly be­cause he did study a bit of the lan­guage be­fore. “I went to a Chi­nese kinder­garten when I was liv­ing with my grandma in Singapore,” said the fa­ther of three girls as he re­called the hal­cyon days of grow­ing up in Jo­hor Baru and Singapore.

Given his abil­ity to speak Man­darin and Tamil (which he re­cently picked up for his role in Ap­palam), Afdlin is the real deal for 1Malaysia. “ Bolehlah cakap Tamil sikit (I can speak a lit­tle Tamil),” he laughed. “With one Malay movie, one Tamil movie and now a Chi­nese movie in the works, I’ve filled my 1Malaysia quota this year.”

Afdlin Shauki says a few lines in Man­darin, in Home­com­ing.

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